Manatee High School

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Manatee High School
Manatee High School logo.png
902 33rd Street Court West
Bradenton, Florida, 34205
United States
Coordinates 27°29′30″N 82°35′39″W / 27.4917057°N 82.5942642°W / 27.4917057; -82.5942642Coordinates: 27°29′30″N 82°35′39″W / 27.4917057°N 82.5942642°W / 27.4917057; -82.5942642
Type Public Secondary,
Established 1897
School district Manatee County School District
Superintendent Rick Mills
Principal Don Sauer
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,389 (2012)

Red, White and Blue

Nickname The Hurricanes
Accreditation Southern Association, Florida Department of Education
Newspaper The Macohi
Yearbook 'Cane Echo
Manatee High School's Davis Building.png
Manatee High School's Davis Building

Manatee High School is the oldest and largest public high school in Bradenton, Florida operated by the Manatee County School District.[1]


Manatee High School currently offers an academic curriculum known as the AP+ Program. In essence, this is simply an official title given to students who take a certain number of Advanced Placement courses. Manatee also offers a Dual-Enrollment program which arranges for its students to take courses at the local State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota (formerly Manatee Community College). In 2006 and 2007, Manatee received a grade of D (on an A-F scale) in the Florida Department of Education rating of school quality. In 2008, Manatee was able to demonstrate statistical improvement, and was given a grade of A instead. In 2009, Manatee was demoted to B. In 2010, Manatee regained their A rating, becoming the highest rated high school in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.[2]


Over its long history, Manatee's buildings have change drastically. The most recent redesign was the demolition and reconstruction of the Davis Building. The original building was built in 1926 and served as Manatee High School's iconic facade until 2010, when the Manatee County School Board deemed a new building necessary. It was crucial for the new building to retain the historic six white columns and brick that served the community for 84 years. The building features a state-of-the-art auditorium, fully equipped music suite, 25 classrooms, and a large atrium in the main foyer. In 1997 a major redesign that included new classrooms, a science-technology building, gym, and administration building was constructed.[3]


Clubs offered at Manatee include:[4]

The Macohi[edit]

The name for the school newspaper is derived from the school's former name, Manatee County High School, using the first two letters from each word to create "Macohi". Currently in its 94th volume, the Macohi began as "The Oracle", while the yearbook was named the Macohi. In 1990, the paper was awarded a Silver Crown Newspaper (for high schools) by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.[5][6]

Notable people[edit]



  • Former head football coach David Braine went on to become a college athletic director, most recently at Georgia Tech.
  • Former assistant football coach Danny Hope went on to become the head coach at Purdue.
  • Former assistant football coach Hootie Ingram went on to become athletic director at FSU.
  • Former volunteer assistant girl's cross country coach Ellen Jaffe Jones went on to become a journalist and author.


Home Side of Hawkins Stadium

Manatee High School athletic teams have won 16 FHSAA state championships. The following sports are available to students at Manatee:[8]

  • Baseball (boys)
    • State champs - 1925, 1931, 1932, 1942 & 1963[9]
  • Basketball (boys and girls)
  • Cheerleading (girls)
  • Competitive Cheerleading (girls)
    • State champs - 2013[10]
  • Cross country (boys and girls)
  • Football (boys)
    • State champs - 1983, 1985, 1989, 1992 & 2011[11]
  • Golf (boys and girls)
  • Soccer (boys and girls)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Swimming and diving (boys and girls)
  • Tennis (boys and girls)
    • Boys state champ - 1985[12]
  • Track (boys and girls)
    • Boys state champs - 1955-1957[13]
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Weightlifting (boys and girls)
    • Boys state champ - 1990[14]
  • Wrestling (boys)


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